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The One Question You Need To Ask Yourself Before Making Your Next Career Move

Should You Stay Or Should You Go; It All Boils Down To This One Thing


The Clash perfectly summed up the dilemma many will come across through the course of their career; "Should I stay or should I go now? If I go, there will be trouble. And if I stay, there will be double." Since career decisions are rarely ever cut-and-dried, you might be wondering how you decide if it is time to make a change. 

Traditionally, people tend to be cautious about switching jobs even if they are unhappy, especially since frequent career changes has been frowned upon amongst hiring managers and recruiters. A Bullhorn survey reports that 39 per cent of recruiters believe that the single biggest obstacle for an unemployed candidate in regaining employment is having a history of job hopping or having left a company after less than a year.

However, job switches are seems to be fast becoming the norm amongst the younger generations of workers wanting to get ahead. A recent study by LinkedIn found that compared to older generations, it is relatively normal for Millennials to switch jobs on average four times in their first decade out of college. This is nearly double the career switches the generation before them made. In fact, not only are college graduates more frequently change jobs, it is also not uncommon for them move into entirely different industries. 

In Deloitte’s 2016 Millennial Survey, it was found that globally, 66 percent of the millennials expect to change jobs within the next five years. The survey interviewed nearly 7,700 millennials, all of whom are employed full-time, have college or university degrees and work for large employers.

While there a multitude of factors to mull over, this one question will help give you a whole different perspective that could potentially help you see the light on whether it's time to move on from your current job.

What Are You Willing to Endure and Struggle For?

While common sense would render us to ask the question of what our goals are or what we want to achieve, many of us might not actually know what that entails nor is this always helpful. A more pertinent question requires us to flip the table and ask, what job are you willing to suffer and endure through in order to succeed? Even if it may be easy to come up with a list of things you want to achieve, asking yourself what you are willing to struggle for and what pain are you willing to endure, might just be a greater litmus test of whether it’s time to move on to a more fulfilling job. 

Though it may be easy to proclaim you want to start your own business or become a billionaire, success will not be achieved unless you are willing to appreciate the risk, the uncertainty along with the repeated failures you will inevitably face. 

The New York Times best-selling self-help author, Mark Manson, explains this best; “Everybody wants to have an amazing job and financial independence—but not everyone wants to suffer through 60-hour work weeks, long commutes, obnoxious paperwork, to navigate arbitrary corporate hierarchies and the blasé confines of an infinite cubicle hell. People want to be rich without the risk, without the sacrifice, without the delayed gratification necessary to accumulate wealth.” 

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